Main image of article Top Employers, States Hiring Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) Talent

Which companies are hiring artificial intelligence (A.I.) and machine learning experts? As you might expect, the need for A.I. talent extends beyond the technology sector to industries as varied as insurance, finance, and healthcare.

In September, the top companies soliciting A.I. and machine-learning talent included Microsoft, Deloitte, Travelers, Amazon, and others. (This data comes from CompTIA, which ran its analysis via Emsi Burning Glass, which collects and analyzes millions of job postings from across the country.) 

These huge companies have the budget and resources to hire A.I. talent, which is often quite expensive. In addition to sourcing technologists, any organization interested in A.I. and machine learning must also pay for the tools and other infrastructure needed to put a robust A.I. operation in place. That takes money and time, but the eventual rewards could prove worth it, especially if A.I. can streamline operations or generate useful insights from corporate databases.

However, artificial intelligence is a bit more diverse when it comes to geography, with hiring taking place in multiple states last month, as you can see from the chart below:

How much do A.I.-related jobs actually pay? O’Reilly estimates the average salary of data and A.I. professionals at $146,000 per year (that’s from 2,778 respondents in the U.S. and 284 in the U.K.), with increases averaging 2.25 percent per year. Average compensation was highest in California ($176,000). And at some point, there’s every possibility that artificial intelligence jobs will become more mainstream— according to Emsi Burning Glass, jobs that heavily involve machine learning are predicted to grow 76.3 percent over the next 10 years.